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The Science & Exploration Directorate, Solar Systems Exploration Division, Planetary Systems Lab (Code 693) is seeking a scientist to provide expertise in spectroscopic study of small solar system bodies and planetary atmospheres.

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As an Aerospace Technologist (AST) providing expertise in planetary studies, you will conduct research which involves the study of the origin, composition, structure and evolution of the small bodies of the solar system and their possible relationship to astrobiology. Science motivated by and relevant to current U.S. and international missions, and possible future missions to comets and asteroids, is emphasized. Research includes, but is not limited to, investigations with the following objectives: Spectroscopic characterization of small bodies (e.g. asteroids, comets) and planetary atmospheres (e.g., Mars) utilizing high-resolution infrared spectroscopy to investigate volatile and surface properties; development of radiative transfer models at non-equilibrium conditions (non-LTE and LTE) to interpret high-resolution spectroscopic data of small bodies and planetary atmospheres, including exoplanets; development of quantum-mechanical models of polyatomic molecules of astrobiological interest (e.g., CH4, H2O, CH3OH, etc.) for the purpose of constructing line lists for non-LTE models; and development of three-dimensional dynamical models of planetary atmospheres (GCM) to investigate transport and mixing of trace species observable via high-resolution spectroscopy. Research results will be published in scientific and technical reports in the peer-reviewed literature and presented at scientific conferences. A successful record of winning proposals in the Planetary Science arena is required.

You will provide technical and scientific expertise in mission development for future planetary exploration which includes defining appropriate science objectives, participating in the design of instruments to meet science objectives, and data validation, calibration and analysis.